Often affectionately compared to the European Alps, Lake Arrowhead in Southern California offers year-round outdoor adventure activities. From skiing, hiking and mountain biking to getting wet and wild on that deep-blue mountain lake, it’s a cozy respite from the hum of Los Angeles and Orange County, and just a couple of hours down the road. Relax in one of the best places to stay in Lake Arrowhead – bookable on Culture Trip.
This gated chalet-style resort, a 10-minute walk from the lakefront, offers cute cottages equipped with kitchens, barbecues and decks for soaking up that pure air. There’s a ’60s feel to the place, with floral armchairs to sink into by the stone fireplace and plenty of orange pine. Lake Arrowhead Village is 1.5mi (2.5km) away, and the ski slopes of Snow Valley Mountain Resort around 18mi (29km) away.